NEWS FROM THE THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY OF JAPAN, 2008

 

THE 51th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY OF JAPAN

 

Organized by President Norimitsu Ayuzawa (Prof. at Tokyo Woman's Christian University)

 

Submitted by Sumiko Inoue (Prof. Emeritus at Senri-Kinran University and TTHA VP)

 

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The 51th Annual Meeting of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan was held at Seiryo Womenís College, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref. invited by Lecturer Ken-ichi Tsuji on November 1, 2008. Some eighty members throughout Japan participated in it.

 

I. Welcome Address by Chizuko Mizutani (Prof. at Seiryo Womenís College).

 

II. Three research papers were read chaired by Yukimitsu Namiki (Assoc.Prof.at Tokyo University of Science)

 

 i. The Rhetoric of Autobiographical Writing in Jude the obscure and Life, by Noriko Asahata (Graduate Student at Osaka University)

 

 ii. Viviette chooses Her Own Winding Road, by Masaki Yamauchi (Instructor at Setsunan University)

 

iii. "Nature" in The Return of the Native, by Akiko Takahashi (Doctor course student at Tokyo Womanís University)

 

III. Two research papers were read chaired by Yukio Kaneko(Prof. at Seinan Gakuin University)

 

 i. The loss of  the Center of the World: The community in The Mayor of Casterbridge by Nobuyoshi Karato (Graduate student at Rikkyo University)

 

 ii. Thomas Hardy as a Modernist Writer by Masumichi Kanaya (Ass.Prof. at Doshisha University)

 

IV. Business Meeting was held chaired by Kyoko Nagamatsu (Prof. at Chuo University).

 

  Prof. Akira Tamai (Osaka University) was elected New President.  It was decided that the 52nd Annual Meeting will be convened at Rikkyo University, Tokyo on October 31, 2009 invited by Akihiko Niizuma (Prof. at Rikkyo University)

 

V. Report

  

The 18th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival - A Report

Suguru Fukasawa (Prof. Emeritus at Chuo University, Executive Adviser of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan, and a Vice President of the Thomas Hardy Society, UK)

 

VI. Two research papers were read chaired by Makiko Kazama (Prof.at Doshisha Womenís University)

 

  i. Narrative Blanks in The Mayor of Casterbridge by Tomomi Nagatomi (Ass. Prof. at Jochi University)

 

  ii. On the Narrative Technique in A Few Crusted Characters by Takayoshi Miyazaki (Prof. at University of Tokushima)

 

VII. The Symposium "Thomas Hardy in Post-structuralist Perspectives" chaired by Shuji Awano(Prof. at Osaka Gakuin University)

 

  i. A Foucauldian Approach to Thomas Hardy by Shuji Awano(Prof. at Osaka Gakuin University)

 

 ii. Thomas Hardy and Post-Structuralist Rhetorical Criticism by Satoshi Nishimura (Assoc. Prof. at Aichi Bunkyo University)

 

 iii. Beyond Melancholy: Psychoanalysis of the Monument in Two on a Tower by Yukiko Ishii (Lecturer at Seinan Gakuin University)

 

 iv. A Witch or Colonialist Exclusion: A Political Reading of The Return of the Native.

 

VIII. Closing Address by Norimitsu Ayuzawa (Prof. at Tokyo Woman's Christian University and President of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan)

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